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mentor of monty Apr 5, 16 3:11 am

At the risk of it all kicking off... any experience here of the No1 lounge at t3?

wantan Apr 5, 16 3:23 am


Originally Posted by N1120A (Post 26437862)
Incidentally, the CX lounges are closed until June or July for construction. CX is currently sending people to the No. 1 lounge, including putting a staff member there, though one can just go to BA or AA instead.

No. They are for use on departing flights and you can only use them with an OW departure. That said, MH is a member of SkyTeam and you should be able to use the very nice SkyTeam lounge, which was formerly the CCR space.

thanks for the info on CX lounge.

MH is in OneWorld. I will be landing in T3, but planing to spend 2/3 hours in the OneWorld T3 lounges before heading over to T4 when the MH lounge opens at 6pm. Is this possible ?

My experience of the Qatar Lounge in T4 has been hit and miss even with a Business class ticket on MH (ie: been denied entry).

cynicalmoose Apr 5, 16 4:10 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 24460283)
For the same reason - and for the benefit of anyone else searching here in the future - you cannot do this if entering T5 from landside, this only works if you are on a connection, and a non Domestic-Domestic one at that.

Presumably starting from T5 airside you can (if you really want to) ride the shuttles to T5C, remain on them back to T5B (now in the arrivals flow), take the bus to T3, and then return to T5 as you describe (albeit that your ready to fly status will be strange, but probably corrected by somebody at T5 flight connections).

Myself I'd find this far too much effort, but then my target arrival time at T5 is typically 55 mins before departure.

BA6501 Apr 5, 16 4:59 am

How do you get back from T3 departures however?

sxc Apr 5, 16 5:43 am

In T3, there is a sign saying that if you want to go shopping in Prada (or Louis Vuitton or whatever brand name shop that isn't open in T3) and you have more than 2 hours til your next flight to see the information desk and they will help you get to another terminal.

Does anyone know what terminal that is, and maybe it's a way to get to another lounge?

corporate-wage-slave Apr 5, 16 5:49 am

There are a number of paid for lounges airside in LHR, and with the exception of T5 Aspire you are allowed to go to them via Flight Connections to use them. It may not be easy to get back to your correct terminal, and you may need staff assistance, but as a matter of principle, this is allowed and facilitated.

You can't do this to access the oneworld lounges since by and large they are told to restrict access to those deparating that terminal that day (various exceptions have been reported, I don't believe this to be the SOP however). The one possible exception, for Admirals own membership arrangements, would be Admirals T3 since these operate outwith oneworld policies in that situation

stimpy Apr 8, 16 5:37 pm

May I ask which F lounge is better for sleeping? I'm facing a 5 hour layover in T3.

It really irks me that I cannot use the CCR after arriving in F!

Gagravarr Apr 9, 16 6:25 am

Probably the AA one, but there's nothing amazing. AA always been quieter than the BA lounge when I've tried both. IIRC quite near the door on your right is a partly enclosed area, pretty sure that's where I had a snooze last time I had a long T3 layover! Needed some noise cancelling headphones and chilled music though, but I did get a bit of kip :)

BA6501 Apr 9, 16 9:58 am


Originally Posted by sxc (Post 26438876)
In T3, there is a sign saying that if you want to go shopping in Prada (or Louis Vuitton or whatever brand name shop that isn't open in T3) and you have more than 2 hours til your next flight to see the information desk and they will help you get to another terminal.

Does anyone know what terminal that is, and maybe it's a way to get to another lounge?

No - you'll be escorted and you have to commit to a certain amount of shopping (200?)

The _Banking_Scot Apr 10, 16 4:27 am

Hi,

The LHR T3 GF was very busy when I arrived about 0945 this morning enroute to LAS ( on the 1230 BA271) but it has quietened down since the Nairobi flight was called ( lots of people heading there)

Regards

TBS

Howard Long Apr 10, 16 5:34 am


Originally Posted by stimpy (Post 26458063)
May I ask which F lounge is better for sleeping? I'm facing a 5 hour layover in T3.

It really irks me that I cannot use the CCR after arriving in F!

There are pay for "pod" rooms in T3 airside. https://no1lounges.com/service/pod-b...row/terminal-3 I haven't used them myself somcan't comment as to how good or bad they are.

It's a shame there aren't any facilities like CX have in their Pier F lounge at HKG, or TG at BKK in their F lounge for example (or even better QR in Al Safra which is just like a hotel room). ISTR BA had dozing facilities about ten or fifteen years ago at LGW North when they had two floors.

stimpy Apr 10, 16 9:39 am


Originally Posted by Howard Long (Post 26463706)
There are pay for "pod" rooms in T3 airside. https://no1lounges.com/service/pod-b...row/terminal-3 I haven't used them myself somcan't comment as to how good or bad they are.

It's a shame there aren't any facilities like CX have in their Pier F lounge at HKG, or TG at BKK in their F lounge for example (or even better QR in Al Safra which is just like a hotel room). ISTR BA had dozing facilities about ten or fifteen years ago at LGW North when they had two floors.

Thanks for the pod info. But what BA really needs is a true First class lounge at T3 as they have in T5 with the CCR which has the Cabanas for sleeping.

wantan Apr 10, 16 11:33 am

asking again as wasn't too sure on accuracy of previous answers (but thanks for the input !:) )

Can one use the OneWorld T3 Lounges if departing on a Oneworld flight from T4 ? Connecting time is around 6 hours so assuming bags can be checked straight though.

To elaborate, will be arriving T3 on BA and departing T4 on MH. Class will be economy as a OneWorld Sapphire.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 10, 16 11:38 am


Originally Posted by wantan (Post 26464661)
To elaborate, will be arriving T3 on BA and departing T4 on MH. Class will be economy as a OneWorld Sapphire.

You can't do it. The only exception would be if you had standalone AA Admirals membership or part of their credit card arrangements, which should get you into AA, but then you'll find it tricky to go to T4. You cannot enter the BA lounge in T3. There is paid-for lounge options for T4.

wantan Apr 11, 16 3:20 am


Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave (Post 26464680)
You can't do it. The only exception would be if you had standalone AA Admirals membership or part of their credit card arrangements, which should get you into AA, but then you'll find it tricky to go to T4. You cannot enter the BA lounge in T3. There is paid-for lounge options for T4.

thanks for the reply. just wondering the reason they would give for denying entry ? would T3 BA,AA or CX lounge not be able to verify my MH flight ticket if it leaves from T4 (another terminal).

Or is there no way to cross over from T3 Arrivals to T3 Departures ? In any case I would need to somehow get to T4 from T3. I understand at Heathrow (airside) these are done by shuttle bus.

EDIT: To clarify, I'm not trying to use the T3 lounge as Arrival Lounges. But will use my MH ticket to enter instead. This is because the MH lounge in T4 only opens 3-4 hours before the flight time.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 11, 16 3:27 am


Originally Posted by wantan (Post 26467642)
thanks for the reply. just wondering the reason they would give for denying entry ? would T3 BA,AA or CX lounge not be able to verify my MH flight ticket if it leaves from T4 (another terminal).

There's a general principle here that people should be in their departing terminal, though a few restricted exceptions exist as noted above. One consequence is that once in T3 departures there is no obvious route to T4 departures (there is a route from T3 arrivals to T3 departures however, just that 99.99% of T4 passengers aren't going to be using it). The upshot is that BA will not give you admission (you're in the wrong place), CX won't give you admission (they are closed for a few months) and AA will give admission (I suspect) only on the basis of any Admirals membership you may hold, not oneworld, frequent flyer or flight status.

09R Apr 18, 16 4:51 am

Least crowded lounge?
 
Am travelling through T3 at around 4pm today with a toddler. ideally would like the least crowded lounge (dont care for food, wifi or anything else)

What is my best bet? I read someone that the AA lounge is usually dead at this hour but may have changed since cx closed

EDIT: Should have said, travelling J and have OW Sapphire status so F lounges not an option

Hartsa Apr 18, 16 4:59 am


Originally Posted by annonymousposter (Post 26500265)
What is my best bet? I read someone that the AA lounge is usually dead at this hour but may have changed since cx closed

AA lounge probably will be your best bet.

corporate-wage-slave Apr 18, 16 7:11 am


Originally Posted by annonymousposter (Post 26500265)
Am travelling through T3 at around 4pm today with a toddler. ideally would like the least crowded lounge (dont care for food, wifi or anything else)

T3, uniquely, has a parents lounge by Ted Baker. The reason for this is that HAL have fuller play areas in T2 and T5, in T3 there isn't space for a similar provision due to the cramped design around the shops. However they do have an unoccupied lounge area at the back of the shops, hence the following arrangement:


Originally Posted by HAL
Family lounge – Terminal 3
The Family Lounge is a dedicated area for families with play areas for ages 0-2 and 3-9, a children's quiet room, a Game Zone for children aged 10 - 15, coffee and soft drink vending, and comfortable seating for adults. There is a discreet area for nursing mothers.
The lounge is in departures, after security (near the Ted Baker store), and open from 06:00 to 21:00 – just follow signs for Lounge A.


TPJ Apr 18, 16 8:17 am


Originally Posted by Hartsa (Post 26500274)
AA lounge probably will be your best bet.

Yes - definitely AA at that time of the day...

09R Apr 18, 16 11:03 am

Went to AA lounge which was pretty dull so decided to try BA as I recall they have a kids area.

Was denied access because I was flying CX J. Apparently there is an agreement that Cx passengers aren't allowed access 3pm - 8pm - they showed me an email which was an internal announcement to this effect. I even have topbonus sapphire status but they still wouldn't budge.

Were the dragons correct for denying entry?

sxc Apr 18, 16 10:46 pm


Originally Posted by annonymousposter (Post 26501636)
Went to AA lounge which was pretty dull so decided to try BA as I recall they have a kids area.

Was denied access because I was flying CX J. Apparently there is an agreement that Cx passengers aren't allowed access 3pm - 8pm - they showed me an email which was an internal announcement to this effect. I even have topbonus sapphire status but they still wouldn't budge.

Were the dragons correct for denying entry?

Any lounge is allowed to deny access due to "capacity constraints" Is the T3 lounge usually busy during this period?

IIRC, while the CX lounge was still open, I think the BA lounge was pretty empty before 6pm. Maybe things have changed since CX closed their lounge.

Smid Apr 19, 16 4:28 am

I'm a GC holder now, but I wasn't when I went through T3 on an AA flight in December. CX was closed at that point.

From a food point of view, the AA Business class lounge (is it called Admirals in uk?) had a much better breakfast laid out. Had buffet services of bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages etc. BA Club lounge had its usual disappointing mini baguettte.

KARFA Apr 19, 16 4:48 am


Originally Posted by annonymousposter (Post 26501636)
Went to AA lounge which was pretty dull so decided to try BA as I recall they have a kids area.

Was denied access because I was flying CX J. Apparently there is an agreement that Cx passengers aren't allowed access 3pm - 8pm - they showed me an email which was an internal announcement to this effect. I even have topbonus sapphire status but they still wouldn't budge.

Were the dragons correct for denying entry?

Must be a new agreement. I was on CX back in February and used the BA F lounge. I think I was there from 7pm to 9pm.

Genius1 Apr 19, 16 3:59 pm


Originally Posted by Smid (Post 26505364)
From a food point of view, the AA Business class lounge (is it called Admirals in uk?)

Yes, all of AA's business class lounges are called Admirals Club.

nologic Apr 19, 16 10:48 pm

I may have 7am-2pm time in transit from F at LHR to C to WAW. I will probably go to LHR T5 Arrivals Lounge for breakfast and a shower and massage treatment...that will get me to T3 around 9:30ish...

Is the CX F lounge open?

Do an T3 lounges have beds?

Rami Tamimi Apr 19, 16 11:17 pm


Originally Posted by nologic (Post 26509804)
I may have 7am-2pm time in transit from F at LHR to C to WAW. I will probably go to LHR T5 Arrivals Lounge for breakfast and a shower and massage treatment...that will get me to T3 around 9:30ish...

Is the CX F lounge open?

Do an T3 lounges have beds?

No

No,although AA F lounge has those recliner chairs at the far end (behind the buffet),which I really enjoy using.

wantan Jun 7, 16 2:27 pm

now that it's June, any idea if the CX lounge has re-opened ?

KARFA Jun 7, 16 2:36 pm


Originally Posted by wantan (Post 26743902)
now that it's June, any idea if the CX lounge has re-opened ?

Delayed to August.

wantan Jun 8, 16 12:59 pm


Originally Posted by wantan (Post 26464661)
asking again as wasn't too sure on accuracy of previous answers (but thanks for the input !:) )

Can one use the OneWorld T3 Lounges if departing on a Oneworld flight from T4 ? Connecting time is around 6 hours so assuming bags can be checked straight though.

To elaborate, will be arriving T3 on BA and departing T4 on MH. Class will be economy as a OneWorld Sapphire.

So to update on my question a few months ago:

I'm currently munching popcorn in the AA lounge after a nice jaket potato dinner at BA :D

My itinerary is Barcelona-London (BA) and London-Kuala Lumpur (MH). The only question I received was from the document checker at security (at least at LHR T3 even after landing one has to re-enter another screening area to re-enter departures hall). Just said I was in T3 as the MH T4 lounge wouldn't be open for a few hours.

For both BA and AA, a glance at the Sapphire status on my MH ticket and was invited in with a reminder my flight wouldn't be called. ^

brie Sep 22, 16 4:45 pm

Would love benefit of the collective wisdom here. On an upcoming itinerary I arrive T5 on BA long haul F in the wee hours, then depart T3 (also BA long haul F) long after dinner. I'm thinking I need to leave the airport in between -- too many hours in a tin can without sunlight -- but I imagined some lounge time at the beginning and/or end of the day. Your recommendations, please?

The _Banking_Scot Sep 22, 16 4:51 pm


Originally Posted by brie (Post 27249270)
Would love benefit of the collective wisdom here. On an upcoming itinerary I arrive T5 on BA long haul F in the wee hours, then depart T3 (also BA long haul F) long after dinner. I'm thinking I need to leave the airport in between -- too many hours in a tin can without sunlight -- but I imagined some lounge time at the beginning and/or end of the day. Your recommendations, please?

Hi,

You could go to the arrivals lounge at T5 ( arriving off BA F you get access to the Concorde Dining Room in the arrivals lounge ( same food as the main lounge but waiter service) for a shower

Later on in T3 you could try the AA Flagship lounge and BA F lounge.

Regards

TBS

KARFA Sep 22, 16 4:54 pm


Originally Posted by brie (Post 27249270)
Would love benefit of the collective wisdom here. On an upcoming itinerary I arrive T5 on BA long haul F in the wee hours, then depart T3 (also BA long haul F) long after dinner. I'm thinking I need to leave the airport in between -- too many hours in a tin can without sunlight -- but I imagined some lounge time at the beginning and/or end of the day. Your recommendations, please?

Some discussion in this thread with links in post #17 to previous discussions http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/briti...-lhr-t3-2.html

Basically your choice is between BA F lounge and AA F lounge. The CX lounges are unlikely to reopen until at least mid October.

orbitmic Sep 22, 16 4:56 pm


Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot (Post 27249292)
Hi,

You could go to the arrivals lounge at T5 ( arriving off BA F you get access to the Concorde Dining Room in the arrivals lounge ( same food as the main lounge but waiter service) for a shower

(bolding mine). It isn't. The Concorde dining room at arrivals now has the full CCR breakfast menu (including the concorde room benedict, California benedict, etc).

However, it has horrible coffee from the main lounge and no grapefruit juice (sorry, two pet peeves).

The _Banking_Scot Sep 22, 16 5:02 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the clarification orbitmic!^

Might actually try the arrivals lounge in Nov after coming back from HkG in F before going back to EDI.

Regards

TBS

brie Sep 22, 16 6:26 pm

Thanks! I had not realized on booking that I would be switching to T3 and had been looking forward to the CCR (never been). I take it that's not feasible, but the T5 arrivals sounds pleasant followed by T3 hopping at the other end of the day.

orbitmic Sep 23, 16 12:51 am


Originally Posted by brie (Post 27249625)
Thanks! I had not realized on booking that I would be switching to T3 and had been looking forward to the CCR (never been). I take it that's not feasible

You're indeed correct I'm afraid. But as you say the arrivals breakfast will certainly give you a taste of it!

Rami Tamimi Oct 1, 16 9:45 am

Have not been to T3 for some time and now I am here:

AA-Very quiet,probably 20 people in the whole Flagship lounge. Catering improved a lot since last year.The attendatnts are very friendly too. AA lounge now also has those paper cups,which BA used to have a few years ago,as well as 0,33 bottles of Evian water,amzaing.

BA-The entrance was manned by a very lazy dragon. He was half sitting half lying and when I presented my BP he did not even scan it and just that "That's fine"...well I am on RJ flight and BA is getting 0 revenue from them.

The lounge itself is very busy and I could barely get a seat. The only place where I could sit down whithout being very close to someone is between the bar and the printers.

On the positive side,I was impressed by the salmon offered in the buffet and the efficiency of the cleaning staff,they cleared my table almost immidiately.

If someone wants to just relax and have a meal/drink then AA lounge is definately the place to go!

Virazuno Oct 1, 16 10:03 am

Anyone know when the CX lounge is due to reopen?

dsf Oct 1, 16 11:47 am


Originally Posted by Rami Tamimi (Post 27288226)

BA-The entrance was manned by a very lazy dragon. He was half sitting half lying and when I presented my BP he did not even scan it and just that "That's fine"...well I am on RJ flight and BA is getting 0 revenue from them.

The lounge itself is very busy and I could barely get a seat. The only place where I could sit down whithout being very close to someone is between the bar and the printers.

On the positive side,I was impressed by the salmon offered in the buffet and the efficiency of the cleaning staff,they cleared my table almost immidiately.

If someone wants to just relax and have a meal/drink then AA lounge is definately the place to go!

BA galleries or first? I arrived at the J lounge around 10 minutes after your post and found numerous empty seats at the rear. The man at the desk greeted me by name from my BP and unprompted told me my gate and about a delay. The area by the buffet was very busy when I arrived, but once I'd plugged things into charge and got a drink I wandered up for sandwiches and cake and it was virtually empty!


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